For many years now, automakers have been trying to attract women to buy cars. They do this by expanding their product offers and developing their designs, those range between bulbous greenhouses and colour variations.
With this in mind, car models like the Juke come to make a little more sense. Love it or hate it, there is no denying its ability to turn heads. Up front, the grille hints of the larger Murano. At the back, Nissan looked to its sporty 370Z as inspiration for the Juke’s taillights.
Seen here in Sunlight Yellow, the fun-loving Juke automatically stands out from its more restrained siblings – the Qashqai and the X-Trail. Its compact dimensions make it a good town car, and is generally competent on highways and small roads.
The interior of the Juke is almost as striking as the outside, thanks to its ‘floating’ instrument panel and a centre console that resembles a motorbike’s fuel tank. However, the effect is rather undermined by the fact its all made from hard plastics.
Powered by a 1.6-litre engine, the Juke feels brisk on the move, particularly in Sport mode. Available here only in front-wheel drive, its 158Nm of torque is more than enough to make daily commutes in and around town effortless. Compared to the four-wheel drive X-Trail, the Juke runs more economically with a fuel consumption of 15.9km/L as compared to 13.3km/L.
Priced at $116,300 (as of 14th November 2016), it is slightly cheaper than the Qashqai. And though it may have less boot capacity and headroom as compared to the two, it does have plenty of space in the front to store bits and bobs in the dashboard and doors.
Compared to the Qashqai and X-Trail, the Juke is most definitely an acquired taste but you’ll stand out like little else on the road.